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§ 87303. Maintenance and Operation.


Barclays Official California Code of Regulations Currentness
Title 22. Social Security
Division 6. Licensing of Community Care Facilities
Chapter 8. Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE)
Article 5. Physicial Environment and Accommodations
22 CCR § 87303
§ 87303. Maintenance and Operation.
(a) The facility shall be clean, safe, sanitary and in good repair at all times. Maintenance shall include provision of maintenance services and procedures for the safety and well-being of residents, employees and visitors.
(1) Floor surfaces in bath, laundry and kitchen areas shall be maintained in a clean, sanitary, and odorless condition.
(b) A comfortable temperature for residents shall be maintained at all areas.
(1) The facility shall heat rooms that residents occupy to a minimum of 68 degree F, (20 degree C).
(2) The facility shall cool rooms to a comfortable range, between 78 degrees F (26 degrees C) and 85 degrees F (30 degrees C), or in areas of extreme heat to 30 degrees F less than the outside temperature.
(3) Nothing in this section shall prohibit residents from adjusting individual thermostatic controls.
(c) All window screens shall be clean and maintained in good repair.
(d) There shall be lamps or light appropriate for the use of each room and sufficient to ensure the comfort and safety of all persons in the facility.
(e) Water supplies and plumbing fixtures shall be maintained as follows:
(1) All community care facilities where water for human consumption is from a private source shall:
(A) As a condition of initial licensure, provide evidence of an on-site inspection of the source of the water and a bacteriological analysis by a local or state health department or other qualified public or private laboratory which establishes the safety of the water.
(B) Following licensure, provide a bacteriological analysis of the private water supply as frequently as is necessary to assure the safety of the residents, but no less frequently than the time intervals shown in the table below. However, facilities licensed for six or fewer residents shall be required to have a bacteriological analysis subsequent to initial licensure only if evidence supports the need for such an analysis to protect residents.
Licensed Capacity
Analysis Required
Subsequent Analysis
Under 6
Initial Licensing
Upon evidence of need
7 through 15
Initial Licensing
16 through 24
Initial Licensing
Every six months
25 or more
Refer to the county health department for
compliance with the California Safe
Drinking Water Act, Health and Safety Code,
Division 5, Part 1, Chapter 7, Water and Water Systems.
(2) Faucets used by residents for personal care such as shaving and grooming shall deliver hot water. Hot water temperature controls shall be maintained to automatically regulate the temperature of hot water used by residents to attain a temperature of not less than 105 degree F (41 degree C) and not more than 120 degree F (49 degree C).
(3) Taps delivering water at 125 degree F (52 degree C) or above shall be prominently identified by warning signs.
(4) Grab bars shall be maintained for each toilet, bathtub and shower used by residents.
(5) Non-skid mats or strips shall be used in all bathtubs and showers.
(6) Toilet, handwashing and bathing facilities shall be maintained in operating condition. Additional equipment shall be provided in facilities accommodating physically handicapped and/or nonambulatory residents, based on the residents' needs.
(f) Solid waste shall be stored and disposed of as follows:
(1) Solid waste shall be stored, located and disposed of in a manner that will not permit the transmission of a communicable disease or of odors, create a nuisance, provide a breeding place or food source for insects or rodents.
(2) Syringes and needles are disposed of in accordance with the California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 5193 concerning bloodborne pathogens.
(3) All containers, except movable bins, used for storage of solid wastes shall have tight-fitting covers on the containers; shall be in good repair; shall have external handles; and shall be leakproof and rodent-proof.
(4) Movable bins when used for storing or transporting solid wastes from the premises shall have tight-fitting covers on the containers; shall be in good repair; and shall be rodent-proof unless stored in a room or screened enclosure.
(5) Solid waste containers, including movable bins, receiving putrescible waste shall be emptied at least once per week or more often if necessary. Such containers shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition.
(6) Each movable bin shall provide for suitable access and a drainage device to allow complete cleaning at the storage area.
(g) Facilities which have machines and do their own laundry shall:
(1) Have adequate supplies available and equipment maintained in good repair. Space used to sort soiled linen shall be separate from the clean linen storage and handling area. Except for facilities licensed for fifteen (15) residents or less, the space used to do laundry shall not be part of an area used for storage of anything other than clean linens and/or other supplies normally associated with laundry activities. Steam, odors, lint and objectionable laundry noise shall not reach resident or employee areas.
(2) Make at least one machine available for use by residents who are able and who desire to do their own personal laundry. This machine shall be maintained in good repair. Equipment in good repair shall be provided to residents who are capable and desire to iron their own clothes.
(h) Emergency lighting shall be maintained. At a minimum this shall include flashlights, or other battery powered lighting, readily available in appropriate areas accessible to residents and staff. Open-flame lights shall not be used.
(i) Facilities shall have signal systems which shall meet the following criteria:
(1) All facilities licensed for 16 or more and all residential facilities having separate floors or buildings shall have a signal system which shall:
(A) Operate from each resident's living unit.
(B) Transmit a visual and/or auditory signal to a central staffed location or produce an auditory signal at the living unit loud enough to summon staff.
(C) Identify the specific resident living unit.
(2) Facilities having more than one wing, floor or building shall be permitted to have a separate system in each, provided each meets the above criteria.
Note: Authority cited: Section 1569.30, Health and Safety Code. Reference: Sections 1569.1 and 1569.31, Health and Safety Code; and Title 8, California Code of Regulations, Section 5193.
1. Change without regulatory effect adopting article 5 heading and renumbering former section 87691 to section 87303, including amendment of Note, filed 3-5-2008 pursuant to section 100, title 1, California Code of Regulations (Register 2008, No. 10).
This database is current through 7/9/21 Register 2021, No. 28
22 CCR § 87303, 22 CA ADC § 87303
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